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Comic Review: Batman/TMNT 3 #1

by Chris M. P.

Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Issue 1

Story by James Tynion IV Art by Freddie Williams

Published by DC w/ IDW

Released May 1st, 2019

The 80th anniversary of Batman collides with the 35th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in this stunning concluding miniseries to the BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES trilogy. Our heroes have battled the evil of the Foot Clan in Gotham City and Bane in New York, but now Krang has gotten his hands on the most dangerous technologies in the DC Universe-and no universe is safe from his wrath! Co-published with IDW.

I can’t believe I live in a world where Batman and the TMNT hanging out has become something completely normal. Crossovers like this were something I’d be discussing with a buddies at 1 am after too much pizza and video games. But with an animated Batman/TMNT movie announced and now the third miniseries released, The Bat and The Turtles coexisting together have become like peanut butter and jelly. Beer and Pizza. McDonalds and loneliness. And with the first issue of this miniseries now released, I have to say that I’m already sold and currently throwing my wallet at my computer screen.

You’re thrown right into this issue with no synopsis. Yet Tynion’s writing keeps you informed and eager throughout. I don’t want to delve into anything even remotely spoiler-y. But the universe we’re introduced is sprawling with possibilities. You get a lot of information in this first issue alone, but it’s presented in such a natural way that you easily accept it. This world of crossover fusion and fiction is unique and enticing and Freddie Williams does a great job of illustrating this universe we’re visiting. Williams has a style that is uniquely his own, yet it screams like a more refined Eastman (no offense, Kev). And that makes the book feel much more TMNT than Batman in a visual sense.

As with most first issues, this is all about world building and I’m very impressed with how much I was given with such limited pages. The nods to Batman/TMNT mythos won’t leave you scratching your head but instead leave you wanting to delve immediately into issue 2. There are many, “OH MAN…” moments in this issue alone, and since this is the beginning and I can stress that I’m ready to go along for the ride. And you should be too. If you’re a fan of either of these properties, pick this issue up. If you’re a fan of comic books, pick this issue up. If you have a pulse and looking for a good time, pick this issue up.  

This may just be the Turtles and Batman last hurrah together…and I feel like we’re going to go out with a bang.

Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Issue 1 is now available wherever comics are sold!

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